The saying “nothing changes your life like having kids” could not be further from the truth. Parenting is challenging, rewarding, exhausting, and emotionally trying all bundled together. Children are continually learning and encountering new situations. Having some tips in your pocket can help you cope with these parenting challenges the come with your kids growing up.
1. Picky Eaters
Many kids do not eat meals at the right time. Some rely on their staples of hotdogs, mac and cheese, and sugary cereal. Forcing extra broccoli on your child’s plate may not always work, and you’ll just become more frustrated.
Try lots of different fruits and veggies, and disguise them into some of their other favorite foods. They will never be able to taste spinach blended in a breakfast smoothie loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Electronic Device Addiction
From toddlers to teenagers, keeping your kids off of their devices can seem impossible. There are some simple strategies to incorporate to limit their device usage. You can try setting rules such as no devices during dinner or finding ones with built-in timers. Encourage outside play and healthier alternatives to electronics.
3. Struggle With Homework
Does your child seem uninterested in school? Instead of scolding your child, try to get to the root of their problem. It could be a topic that they are having trouble understanding or relating to. Try giving them real-life examples, and make it fun for them.
Create an incentive system that rewards positive behavior and encourages consistency.
Did your innocent baby suddenly morph into Dr. Jekyll? Our natural response to anger and aggression is to react in the same manner. Traditional methods of discipline, like spanking, are ineffective, and they can create a vicious cycle.
Try a time-in where the child sits with you on your lap to remove them from the “flight or fight” response. As challenging as it can be, use the same consistent strategy for all anger outbursts. You will start to see a significant improvement.
Nothing is worse than your children whining after a long day. On top of that, you have a migraine!
Whining is usually a sign of attention. You can navigate your way through it in different ways. One, you can ignore it altogether, or two, use positive reinforcement for the desired behavior. Additionally, create boundaries and rules that whining is unacceptable, even at a young age.
6. Sibling Rivalries
Kids will inevitably have their arguments with each other. When it gets out of control, it could turn into an unhealthy relationship between them. Allow both (or all of your kids) to calm down before you address the issue. Don’t take sides, and try to get them to come to a positive resolution.
Does your child lie more than Pinocchio? Most kids will lie from time to time but left unchecked it can develop to a more severe problem. Have discussions about lying with your child and why it’s not right. Your children should not be afraid to tell you the truth, even if they made a mistake.
Parenting is hard work, and you can make your life a lot easier with some helpful tricks up your sleeve. Establish clear communication and expectations with your kids. Remind them that while you may play around with them and be friendly at times, you are their mom. They’ll need to listen, obey, and respect you.